Which cars are affected, how many and how long will fix take?
4 February 2010

Toyota UK has confirmed that 180,865 cars will be recalled in the UK, with work to fix the problematic accelerator pedals due to begin on February 10.

As in the US, where recall work has already begun, Toyota UK will install a precision-cut steel reinforcement bar into the accelerator pedal assembly.

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Toyota estimates the work will take about 30 minutes to complete.

UK models affected by the recall:Auris (Oct 2006 - 5 Jan 2010)Avensis (Nov 2008 - Dec 2009)Aygo (Feb 2005 - Aug 2009) - note only AYGO MMT is affectedCorolla (Oct 2006 - Dec 2009)iQ (Nov 2008 - Nov 2009)Verso (Feb 2009 - 5 Jan 2010)Yaris (Nov 2005 - Sep 2009)

No other UK models are affected.

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4 February 2010

You're being a bit too low key about this. It's got to be the elephant in the car industry news room (sorry about cliche) and you (Autocar) should be all over it. The question is - is Toyota totally screwed? The only USP they have is a reputation for reliability and a large scale dangerous fault is going to kill that.Let's have some informed comment. How are their sales doing?

Can't say I'd miss them.

4 February 2010

[quote Chris576] You're being a bit too low key about this[/quote]

Agreed . An American car-related site purchased examples of the Denso and CTS pedal assemblies and took them apart to find out what was causing the CTS version to "stick".They also give an account of Toyotas efforts to solve this problem over the last three years.

It is ironic that the piece causing the trouble is only there to imitate the friction of a traditional throttle cable.

4 February 2010

Any one see the one o'clock news?, the Prius is also on a recall for a brake software problem,ooops!

Peter Cavellini.

4 February 2010

That is a load of bullshit, only around 20 reported incidents in Europe, and no reported accidents. This is being stirred up by someone with their own agenda. Do readers think Toyota are the only manafacturer that have recalls. As the ad says "the best built cars in the world" and it is true

4 February 2010

The issue here is that the throttle might stick, which by now just about anyone who owns a Toyota or the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 107 is probably aware of.

Toyota has developed a solution to this which will be available from Monday.

I own an Avensis and a Citroen C1, have cheked both and as a precaution dosed the offending bits of metal with WD40.

My wife and myself are alert to the problem possibly occuring and, as intelligent people are driving accordingly. Surely it is not beyond the wisdom of others to do the same?

4 February 2010

jcmr2.

?????, what are you refering too?

Peter Cavellini.

4 February 2010

Is it only me, but it seems that the major japanese manufactures are suffering the same stuff that we did when BL was in business? We have had Toyota and now Honda recalling cars.

What a reliable and SAFE car buy a Jag!

Only a thought.

4 February 2010

[quote Chris576]

You're being a bit too low key about this. It's got to be the elephant in the car industry news room (sorry about cliche) and you (Autocar) should be all over it. The question is - is Toyota totally screwed? The only USP they have is a reputation for reliability and a large scale dangerous fault is going to kill that.Let's have some informed comment. How are their sales doing?

Can't say I'd miss them.

[/quote] On the contrary, I think everyone is being a bit too 'high-key' about this. As jcmr2 says, Toyota aren't the only company who have recalls - pretty much every manufacturer will have had quite a few. Okay, not all of them will have been about accelerators, but really... I think everyone is just out to get Toyota and pull them down because they've long been known as a reliable company. And I'm not saying this just because I drive a Toyota... if I were driving anything else I'd say the same thing. Other, even slightly more minor recalls don't ever seem to get on the news (such as possible failing of brakes, fires, failed airbags etc). And the Prius brake recall is now only being hyped because they've had the accelerator thing as well... it wouldn't have been on the news had the accelerator recall not been publicised so much. My car is unaffected by the recall but still, I do think a lot of people just want to bring Toyota 'down'. EDIT: And it doesn't seem to be common knowledge yet that the Aygo manuals are not affected, and presumably same goes for the C1 and 107.

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

4 February 2010

[quote Mini1]On the contrary, I think everyone is being a bit too 'high-key' about this.[/quote]

I agree.

I'm still am confounded by the amount of people who have got into such a pointlessly high dugeon over this report. In fact, some have gone to the extent that of calling those who have put some perspective into the subject, 'loons'.

Charming.

4 February 2010

[quote Mini1]On the contrary, I think everyone is being a bit too 'high-key' about this[/quote]

That's because it is Toyota. It is one thing for Merc to make a car that falls over when you avoid an elk , or Audi to make a sports car that is unstable in certain conditions , but this is good-old , conservative , reliable , "best built cars in the world " Toyota . The bigger you are , the bigger the fall.


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